Emily Zaborksi (left) competes for the University of Exeter ladies' Lacrosse first team.

Zaborski strikes for Scotland at Home Internationals

Exeter sports scholar Emily Zaborski struck with devastating effect at the Lacrosse Home Internationals in Newport, Wales on 29-30 April.

Playing in attack for her native Scotland, Emily helped her side to two out of three victories, scoring three times against the England B team to be crowned “man of the match”.

Over 200 of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s best female lacrosse players competed in the round-robin tournament, which also welcomed an ex-pats team featuring overseas players.

 “The weekend was a great success for Scotland.” Emily commented. “We started out playing England A and brought to the pitch a new style of play which involved holding the ball and baiting the England defence to pressure out. This worked really well, and the final score was 13-7 to England which is a commendable score for Scotland.

“Next we played England B and beat them 11-9. I scored three goals and was named ‘man of the match’ which was awesome.”

The tournament also saw Emily go head to head with University of Exeter Lacrosse coach Kara Bowman who competed with the Ex-pats team. Despite Bowman herself scoring for the visitors, Scotland took a narrow 10-9 victory, Emily managing to put away two goals.

Exeter’s Lottie Van Pragg and Sophy Coombes Roberts were also set to play for the Welsh national side; however, a last minute issue forced the team to withdraw from their home competition.

Now back on track, the side have selected Coombes-Roberts to join them on their tour of Italy in September.

“It is a very exciting opportunity as it starts our preparations for the European Championships which have recently been moved forward to the summer of 2015.” Sophy commented.

“It is especially exciting for me as I have been selected as a midfielder as opposed to a straight attack, which is what I have previously played for Wales. This is completely down to the Exeter lacrosse programme which has greatly improved my midfield skills.”

Exeter’s Lacrosse programme continues to flourish after the ladies team finished third in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Premier South division this season and reached the national championship quarter finals.

Assistant Director of Sport Nick Beasant (Performance and Competitions) closely monitors the University’s 10 Focus Sports, which includes lacrosse. He said: “The continuous development of our ladies’ Lacrosse programme has allowed us to consistently finish in the top 10 nationally over the past three years.

“The addition of Kara Bowman as Head Coach this season has also seen us take a significant step forward in our provision, which is evident in the number of players receiving international call-ups.

“The High Performance team will continue to work closely with the Lacrosse club to make further improvements for next year and target an even stronger finish.”

Date: 9 April 2014

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